Hearings for two pipeline projects have been set by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

Both projects were for 8-inch pipelines, the first being to transport natural gas liquids and the other to transport ethane.

The first project involves a 4-mile pipeline submitted by Oneok Bakken Pipeline LLC. Called the Lonesome Creek NGL Pipeline, it would run from the company’s Lonesome Creek Station in McKenzie County to an existing pipeline, which would transport the liquids to out-of-state markets. The cost of the project is estimated to be $6 million with construction beginning later this year.

On Wednesday, the three-member commission unanimously approved the notice of filings and set a public hearing for 9 a.m. July 30 at Teddy’s Residential Suites in Watford City.

The second pipeline project was submitted by Vantage Pipeline US LP. The company is proposing a 47-mile pipeline called the West Spur Pipeline project with an estimated cost of $20 million with construction to begin later this year.

The West Spur Pipeline project would transport ethane from a natural gas processing plant owned by Oneok west of Williston to an existing pipeline system near Tioga. The existing pipeline transports ethane to a facility in Alberta, Canada.

Commissioner Brian Kalk said he thought the project was a good way to reduce natural gas flaring by transporting natural gas liquids to available markets.

“We don’t do very many (ethane lines). It’s unique, and it’s a good move,” Kalk said.

The commission unanimously approve the notice of filings and set a public hearing for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Ernie French Center in Williston.

(Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.)

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